Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In House #1817: The Silos' Come On Like the Fast Lane; New Son Volt

New York City's Silos released their thirteenth studio album last week, entitled Come On Like the Fast Lane. The band's debut for Bloodshot Records is full of the rock & twang ying & yang they've become known for over the last twenty years or so, evoking the likes of Alejandro Escovedo and The Replacements. It's hardly the sound one might expect from a band fronted by Walter Salas-Humara, the son of Cuban immigrants, and it doesn't exactly fit in amongst the Big Apple's current rock scene, but it may be just that kind of unexpected result that makes the band's music so enjoyable. They are, it seems, may things to many people-- as one review put it, they "suit east Texas every bit as much as the Lower East Side." The Silos begin a March tour in support of the new release this weekend along with Jon Dee Graham.

The Silos

In House #1817.
Airdate: 2/28/07
Focus: New release from The Silos, Come On Like the Fast Lane, plus new music from Son Volt, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Southern Culture On the Skids, and more.

The Silos, from Come On Like the Fast Lane:
  • "Behind Me Now" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #267

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    Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    In House #1816: Rickie Lee Jones in Salt Lake City Tonight

    In a career marked by idiosyncrasies and a flat refusal to resort to the formulaic, singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones' latest is at once a suitable addition to that tradition and a departure of sorts away from it. The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard is certainly no less fluid and occasionally challenging than that which has come before from Jones, but its origins are somewhere else entirely. It was Jesus that was the inspiration this time around-- but not in the way one usually sees. Jones based the collection on The Words, a translation of sorts of the words of Jesus Christ done by artist and writer Lee Cantelon. The result? The Beat chanteuse becomes a Beat mystic, spiritual but not dogmatic, riffing on a character that is rarely presented as Jones does here. It's a searching, passionate, and sincere collection, one many are calling her strongest output since the classic 1979 debut. Touring in the new album's support, Rickie Lee Jones plays The Depot tonight in Salt Lake City.

    Rickie Lee Jones

    In House #1816.
    Airdate: 2/27/07
    Focus: Rickie Lee Jones in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from Patty Griffin, John Hammond, Graham Parker, and more. Plus, a new live track from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Rickie Lee Jones, from The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard:
  • "Elvis Cadillac" (MP3)

    Graham Parker, from Don't Tell Columbus (due 3/13):
  • "Stick to the Plan" (MP3)

  • BONUS Video-
    Grace Potter & the Nocturnals:
    "Mystery Train" (Live at the 8x10, Baltimore, Sept. 2006)


    In House PODCAST #266

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    Monday, February 26, 2007

    In House #1815: Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips' Back Numbers; New Feist

    Former Luna lovebirds Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips return tomorrow with their second full-length effort, and first since their old band packed it in. Wareham, of course, spent thirteen years as frontman of Luna following time as part of slowgazers Galaxie 500, while Phillips was, among other things, the voice of cartoon pop star Jem back in the '80's before hopping aboard the Luna ship for the band's final two releases. Back Numbers drops on Zoe, and features the duo adapting a kind of Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra for the 21st century guise, even going so far as to cover one of Hazlewood's tunes ("You Turned My Head Around"). Elsewhere are idiosyncratic versions of two Troggs tunes, "White Horses," and "Our Love Will Still Be There," as well as a Donovan B-side ("Teen Angel"). It's a decidedly languorous and romantic set, all cooed vocals and sunshine daze. We haven't heard what the rest of Luna is doing these days, but Dean & Britta seem more than content to waltz off into the sun.

    Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips

    In House #1815.
    Airdate: 2/26/07
    Focus: New release out tomorrow from Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips, Back Numbers, plus new music from Josh Rouse & Paz Suay, Feist, Jill Cunniff, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Dean & Britta, from Back Numbers:
  • "The Sun Is Still Sunny" (MP3)

    Jill Cunniff, from City Beach:
  • "Lazy Girls" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #265

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    Friday, February 23, 2007

    In House #1814: The Autumn Defense, Gomez In the Area This Weekend

    In House #1814.
    Airdate: 2/23/07
    Focus: The Autumn Defense with Ferraby Lionheart tonight in Provo, plus Gomez plays Park City. Also, new music from Paul Duncan, Winterpills, and more.


    In House PODCAST #264

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    Thursday, February 22, 2007

    In House #1813: Charlie Louvin's New Self-Titled Release

    The latest in what has been a string of legends returning with new recordings in the past few years, Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Louvin issued his first new studio recording in fifteen years this week with a new self-titled effort out on Tompkins Square. As part of The Louvin Brothers (along with Ira, who died in 1965), Charlie had a hand in one of the most influential acts in country music history, essentially defining the close harmony duet style popular in the 1940's and 50's. While Louvin's influence on country, bluegrass, alt-country, and gospel artists is important, the impressive cast of guests joining him on the new release is still somewhat staggering. Country legends like George Jones and Tom T. Hall appear on the tracklisting alongside pop giants like Elvis Costello and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Even more unexpected are appearances from indie musicians like Will Oldham, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner, and Clem Snide's Eef Barzelay, all of whom more than hold their own on the classic material. While the lineup will likely appear to younger listeners than Louvin's had in years, this is anything but a hipster's take on classic country. On the contrary, the versions here (aside from a little Tweedy guitar feedback) are more than faithful to the originals, which range from Louvin Brothers classics like "Great Atomic Power," to songs first made popular by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. It adds up to a rather startling declaration of continued musical relevance for the soon-to-be octogenarian Louvin, who'll be touring this spring and summer including a performance at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

    In House #1813.
    Airdate: 2/22/07
    Focus: New self-titled release from Charlie Louvin, plus new music from Ry Cooder, Patty Griffin, Southern Culture On the Skids, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Charlie Louvin, from the new self-titled release:
  • "Why Must You Throw Dirt in My Face?" (MP3) (with George Jones)
  • "My Long Journey Home" (MP3) (with Paul Burch)


    In House PODCAST #263

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    Wednesday, February 21, 2007

    In House #1812: Elvis Perkins' Ash Wednesday; Erin McKeown Plays Missoula

    On the actual Ash Wednesday, today we get to the debut album of the same title from singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins and his band, Elvis Perkins in Dearland. After a self-released version last year, Perkins' Ash Wednesday got a label issue yesterday on XL and for good reason. Perkins operates in the mode of greats like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, occasionally coming across like a less melodramatic Jeff Buckley. Much of the material on the album comes directly from lived experience-- Perkins, as has been well documented at this point, is the son of actor Anthony Perkins (who died of AIDS in 1992) and photographer Berry Berenson (who was killed aboard one of the hijacked September 11th airliners). There's a lot of emotion to go around here, in other words, but Perkins plays it subtly on reflective, meditative pieces like the powerful title track. As tough as these experiences no doubt were for Perkins, they've certainly informed his ability as a songwriter, ensuring that he's known as something more than offspring of the famous. Perkins tours with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah this spring before playing Bonnaroo in June.

    Also today, music from Erin McKeown, who plays the University of Montana in Missoula tonight. McKeown is currently touring in support of her most recent full-length Sing You Sinners, on which she covers Tin Pan Alley and golden age of pop tunes written by the likes of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and others. The album was issued to high acclaim in January on Nettwerk.

    In House #1812.
    Airdate: 2/21/07
    Focus: Debut release from Elvis Perkins, Ash Wednesday, plus Erin McKeown plays the University of Montana in Missoula tonight, and we get to new music from Andrew Bird, Eleni Mandell, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Elvis Perkins, from Ash Wednesday:
  • "Ash Wednesday" (MP3)
  • "All the Night Without Love" (MP3)

    Erin McKeown, from Sing You Sinners:
  • "Melody" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #262

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    Tuesday, February 20, 2007

    In House #1811: Dolorean's You Can't Win; New Bright Eyes

    Portland, Oregon's Dolorean makes the kind of music that seems to suit their surroundings. Their latest effort, You Can't Win, is full of the kind of moss-covered laments one might expect from a band living through eight months of rainfall every year. Once a man vehicle for the songs of Alex James, Dolorean these days is a full-on quintet and that seems to come through in the new songs. The band employed a Neil Young & Crazy Horse-inspired philosophy for the recording sessions, with James introducing songs to the band for the very first time and allowing everyone to hash them out on the spot. The result is a meditative and hazy collection, that nonetheless sounds spontaneous. "Beachcomber Blues," all sea-spray gray and aimless, is also a gorgeous, somehow comforting wallower, for example. By no means the feel-good album of the year, You Can't Win still manages to console in its own way-- as James tells it, "giving up on the idea of winning." Dolorean's fourth album is out today on yep roc.


    In House #1811.
    Airdate: 2/20/07
    Focus: New release from Dolorean, You Can't Win, plus new music from Bright Eyes, Western States Motel, Willy Mason, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Dolorean, from You Can't Win:
  • "Heather Remind Me How This Ends" (MP3)
  • "Beachcomber Blues" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #261

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    Monday, February 19, 2007

    In House #1810: Richard Swift's Dressed Up For the Letdown; New Laura Veirs

    The second full-length from singer-songwriter Richard Swift, entitled Dressed Up For the Letdown, drops tomorrow on Secretly Canadian. Swift charmed a couple of years back with the double release The Novelist/Walking Without Effort, which gathered his first two independently released efforts into one wonderfully-sounding package. This go around, he once again spins a flavor steeped heavily in retro pop influences, George Harrison to Tin Pan Alley. The thing is, it feels a bit disingenuous to slap a "retro" label on Swift-- there's no kitsch intended and none to be taken. Still, it's hard to shake the feeling that the music isn't coming from some long-lost, ahead of his time singer-songwriter, ala Nick Drake or, more recently, Karen Dalton. Songs like "Kisses For the Misses," and "The Songs of National Freedom," are instantly comfortable, inspiring false nostalgia even while sounding unique and based in the present. It's music that deserves to be lauded in its own time-- luckily Swift will be around to enjoy it. He tours the UK with labelmate David Vandervelde beginning in early March.

    Richard Swift

    In House #1810.
    Airdate: 2/19/07
    Focus: New release out tomorrow from Richard Swift, Dressed Up For the Letdown, plus new music from Laura Veirs, Bryan Ferry, Julie Doiron, and more.

    BONUS MP3 and video-
    Richard Swift, from Dressed Up For the Letdown:
  • "Kisses For the Misses" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #260

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    Friday, February 16, 2007

    In House #1809: New Apples in Stereo; The Shins in Salt Lake, Boise

    It's been five long years since Robert Schneider's Apples in Stereo graced us with a new album, and even that one lacked the sunny, fuzzed-out pop the band had built their name upon. The unexplained gap, plus what were essentially Schneider's solo side projects The Marbles and Ulysses, caused some to begin to wonder if the Apples in Stereo would go the way of their once upon a time Elephant 6 brethren Neutral Milk Hotel, fading into a permanent hiatus. New Magnetic Wonder, the new album out on Elijah Wood's Simian label (along with co-conspirators yep roc), says no to that notion and in a big way. The album ranks well with anything Schneider's Apples have ever done, fitting in nicely in tone and substance with efforts like Her Wallpaper Reverie and The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone. In other words, it's a return to form with bouncy, psyched-out pop numbers like "Same Old Drag," and "7 Stars," alongside ambient snippets with names like "Vocoder Ba Ba," and "Droplet." The relative absence of drummer Hilarie Sidney, who split to spend more time on her own project High Water Marks, is noticeable, but she does contribute vocals and writing duties on two songs, including the splendid "Sunndal Song." The band is currently on the road supporting the new release, and will play Salt Lake City and Boise on March 31st and April 1st, respectively.

    Also today, music from The Shins, who hit Salt Lake City's In the Venue tonight and Boise's Egyptian Theatre tomorrow night. The Portland-based band is, of course, touring in support of their third album, Wincing the Night Away, out late last month on Sub Pop. Not surprisingly, the generally well-received new effort has catapulted the band to new heights, marking Sub Pop's highest charting release since Nirvana's Nevermind. Despite that kind of popularity and (*yawn*) predictable hipster backlash, the album never even comes close to sucking.

    In House #1809.
    Airdate: 2/16/07
    Focus: New release from the Apples in Stereo, New Magnetic Wonder, plus The Shins play Salt Lake City tonight and Boise tomorrow night. Also, new music from Aqueduct, Of Montreal, Yo La Tengo, and more.

    BONUS MP3-
    Apples in Stereo, from New Magnetic Wonder:
  • "Energy" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #259

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    Thursday, February 15, 2007

    In House #1808: New Southern Culture On the Skids Covers Album

    Of the many ways that North Carolina's Southern Culture On the Skids have been described over the years, dull has rarely, if ever, been one of them. Over two decades into their existence, the band continues to ply their high energy stew of rockabilly, boogie, country, blues, surf, and punk, et al. on stages far and wide. Their eighth studio release sees them reining things in just a bit for a more nuanced sound as they cover a wide range of artists, T-Rex to Roger Miller to CCR, on the all covers Countrypolitan Favorites. As SCOTS frontman Rick Miller explains it, "when you see a motor sport invented by backwoods moonshine runners and bootleggers broadcast on Sunday afternoon into potentially every living room in America, there ain't no doubt it's a countrypolitan world," the gist being that, in some instances at least, there's a mix of high and low culture currently going on that travels both upwards and downwards. The result here is a mix of the well-known and the obscure given both complete makeovers and loving note-for-note recreations. Highlights include a countrified take on the roots leaning Kinks tune, "Muswell Hillbilly," a boogie-woogie rendition of CCR's "Tobacco Road," and a straight-up version of "Funnel of Love," made famous by Wanda Jackson. Countrypolitan Favorites drops next week on the yep roc label.

    Southern Culture On the Skids

    In House #1808.
    Airdate: 2/15/07
    Focus: New release from Southern Culture On the Skids, Countrypolitan Favorites, plus Merle Haggard in Boise this weekend, and new music from Dale Watson, Charlie Louvin, Ry Cooder, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Southern Culture On the Skids, from Countrypolitan Favorites:
  • "Life's a Gas" (MP3) (T-Rex cover)
  • "Engine Engine #9" (MP3) (Roger Miller cover)


    In House PODCAST #258

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    Wednesday, February 14, 2007

    In House #1807: Valentine's Day Special: The Good, The Bad, The Indifferent

    For better or worse, it's the Valentines' Special today, with a collection of tunes in one way or another leaning in the direction of "love, etc." Pop music was invented for this stuff, and one need look no further than the fact that fully 90% of the pop songs that have ever been written surround the topics "Baby, I Love You," "Baby, Won't You Be Mine?" and "Baby, Where and Why Did You Go and When Are You Coming Back?" to prove it. A salute to that tradition, then, as we attempt to be the equal opportunity Valentines' musical suppliers by giving more than just the first of those perspectives with music by everyone from Bryan Ferry to Johnny Cash to the Magnetic Fields, whose 69 Love Songs release back in 1999 stands as perhaps the crowning achievement of equal opportunity perspectives on the subject of love and romance.

    In House #1807.
    Airdate: 2/14/07
    Focus: Valentine's Day Special 2007: The Good, The Bad, The Indifferent featuring music from Tom Waits, Magnetic Fields, Johnny Cash, DeVotchka, The Postmarks, Smoking Popes, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    (A random smattering of V-Day-related tunes)

    Jarvis Cocker, from Jarvis (U.S. release due in April):
  • "Baby's Coming Back to Me" (MP3)

  • "Somethin' Stupid" (MP3)

    The Cure:
  • "Halo" (MP3) ("Friday I'm In Love" B-Side)
  • "2 Late" (MP3) ("Lovesong" B-Side)

    The Postmarks:
  • "My Little Heart" (MP3)

    Wanda Jackson:
  • "Funnel of Love" (MP3)

    Johnny Cash:
  • "Heart of Gold" (MP3) (Neil Young cover)


    In House PODCAST #257

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007

    In House #1806: Lucinda Williams' West; New David Bromberg

    The cover photograph from Lucinda Williams' new West release fittingly captures the singer-songwriter in shades of blue, and while there is no real "Blues" tune on the album it's certainly the prevailing color of the songs. Williams' eighth studio release, out today on Lost Highway, comes five years and an emotional eternity since her previous effort, as she's come through both the dissolution of a long relationship and the death of her mother. The personal tone of the songs, then, is not necessarily surprising, and the writing stands in stark contrast in tone and substance to her 1998 opus Car Wheels On a Gravel Road. At times the songs are less that than they are extended meditations on love and loss and the process of moving on. Songs like "Are You Alright?," "Learning How to Live," "Everything Has Changed," and "Where Is My Love?" all deal, in one way or another, with those subjects. This is Williams at her most introspective, re-evaluating her place and showing herself every bit the poet's daughter along the way.

    Related content: here.

    In House #1806.
    Airdate: 2/13/07
    Focus: New release from Lucinda Williams, West, plus new music from David Bromberg, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, John Hammond, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Lucinda Williams, from West:
  • "Where Is My Love?" (MP3)

    Josh Ritter, from the Live at the Record Exchange EP:
  • "Daddy's Little Pumpkin" (MP3) (John Prine cover)


    In House PODCAST #256

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    Monday, February 12, 2007

    In House #1805: The Broken West in Salt Lake City; New Cloud Cult

    With what will undoubtedly go down as one of the top debuts of the year already underneath their harmony laden belts, southern California's Broken West play Salt Lake City's Kilby Court tonight. The band's I Can't Go On, I'll Go On, released last month on Merge, feels like that place where Gram Parsons never met up with Big Star to later inspire scores of indie rock bands. Songs like "Brass Ring," and "Hail Sunrise," are true throwbacks, with Byrds-y, canyon harmonies meeting power pop hooks one could hardly expect from a band so young. The Broken West will be touring throughout the first part of 2007, later joining the likes of The Walkmen and The Long Winters on respective spring tours.

    The Broken West

    In House #1805.
    Airdate: 2/12/07
    Focus: The Broken West in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from Cloud Cult, The Shins, The Parson Redheads, Albert Hammond Jr., and more.

    Related content: here.

    BONUS MP3s-
    The Broken West, from I Can't Go On, I'll Go On:
  • "Down In the Valley" (MP3)

    Albert Hammond, Jr., from Yours to Keep (due 3/6):
  • "In Transit" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #255

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    Friday, February 09, 2007

    In House #1804: Finn Riggins, ( ) Live

    Self-described in several ways, including a "concept vehicle" and an "unorthodox trio," Hailey, Idaho's Finn Riggins, ( ) joins us in the studio today for a live performance and interview. The band is just embarking on their Left Coast Is for Lovers tour beginning tomorrow night at the First National Bar in Pocatello. Their's is a unique musical vision to say the least, a proggy mix of indie rock, post-punk, post-folk, and ambient noise. The band's latest, ((alive bugs)), captures the mix live and comes complete with DIY retro post-modern packaging (think floppy discs). We'll talk about their origins, how it is being a "different" sounding band in Idaho, and what the ", ( )" is all about. Today's live set features the ultra-rare acoustic guitar and steel drum musical combo, revealing a surprisingly rootsy side to Finn Riggins' music.

    In House #1804.
    Airdate: 2/09/07

    Focus: Hailey, ID's Finn Riggins, ( ) live in the studio and in Pocatello this weekend. Plus, new music from the Western States Motel, Apples in Stereo, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Finn Riggins, ( ), from ((alive bugs)):
  • "Flying" (LIVE) (MP3)

  • ...and from today's live in-studio set:
  • 1- "Passing Through" (MP3)
  • 2- "T.V." (MP3)
  • 3- "Fandangled Spammer" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #254

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    Tech Issues & Other Excitements

    As those of you browsing with Explorer may have noticed (or will notice), the content here looks a bit out of whack-- everything's centered, font sizes are occassionally random, etc. Honestly, it's really not supposed to look that way. Amazingly though, over half of the visits to this site still insist on using Explorer for their browsing purposes, to which we can only say: get with it. To be serious, things here really do look as intended when using Firefox 1.5 or higher. In the meantime, we're seeking out the experts to see if we can't get the Explorer issue solved (and if any of you have any ideas as to how it might be fixed, do tell).

    Also, we've just made the switch to the new version of Blogger, which may or may not cause strange behaviors as far as appearances and syndication of podcasts and other content. For example, if you're currently subscribed you may notice that content at the moment is being delivered a bit out of order. We're working on this one, too, and it will hopefully be fixed shortly. As long as you're here and still reading, why not take a moment and let us know how the In House blog could be improved. Any changes or additions that you'd like to see? Anything that could be improved upon (of course there is, but anything specific from where you sit)? Anything you absolutely can't stand? We're all ears.

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    Thursday, February 08, 2007

    In House #1803: Eleni Mandell's Miracle of Five; New Elvis Perkins

    Singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell has for the last few years been one of L.A.'s little secrets. Sure, her string of five albums in five years beginning in 1999 saw her being mentored by Chuck E. Weiss, produced by Jon Brion, and compared to Tom Waits and PJ Harvey (not to mention sharing L.A.'s Best Songwriter award with the late Elliott Smith), but her exposure was slow-going outside of Hollywoodland. Mandell returned this week with her sixth full-length, Miracle of Five, an album that once again mixes up the elements she's always explored in her music: lounge-born torch songs, intelligent pop, and the occasional twang. Whatever she's been doing in the three years since her previous release, it suits her; the vocal performaces on this collection are easily the best of her career. The spooky rock-vamp of "My Twin," and the hushed tones of "Moonglow, Lamp Low," are equally stunning in her hands, revealing a diva's polish where there were previously rough edges. Helping Mandell out in her pursuit this go around are Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and X/Knitters drummer DJ Bonebrake, among others, seasoned musicians who no doubt brought a lot of their own ideas to the music. In short, it's a release more than worthy of her quickly growing discography, and another gem in what has been an impressive showing for female singer-songwriters thus far in 2007. Mandell plays a series of west coast/northwest dates this month before embarking on a European tour in March.

    Eleni Mandell

    In House #1803.
    Airdate: 2/8/07
    Focus: New release from Eleni Mandell, Miracle of Five, plus new music from Elvis Perkins, Rickie Lee Jones, Jesse Malin, and more.

    BONUS MP3-
    Eleni Mandell, from Miracle of Five:
  • "Girls" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #253

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    Wednesday, February 07, 2007

    In House #1802: Pacha Massive's All Good Things

    The first U.S. based signing to Nacional Records (home to Nortec Collective, among others), Pacha Massive is a Bronx-based duo set to release their debut full-length, All Good Things, later this month. DJ Nova and Maya, hailing from the Dominican Republic and Colombia, respectively, met in New York City while collaborating with another artist and formed the band in 2005, shortly before playing an initial gig opening for Aterciopelados at Madison Square Garden. Theirs is a modern take on traditional forms combining elements of trip-hop, hip-hop, and drum & bass with Latin flavors ranging from Colombian cumbia to Afro-Cuban son to Jamaican reggae. It's an equatorial and infectious mix, to say the least, a world stew seasoned with Bronx attitude (check guest rapper Flex's unexpected turn within the midst of "Verdolaga," for an explanation). Pacha Massive's All Good Things streets February 20th, followed by a Record Release Party at New York City's Canal Room on the 22nd.

    Pacha Massive

    In House #1802.
    Airdate: 2/7/07
    Focus: Debut full length from Pacha Massive, All Good Things, plus Shaka Buku at Idaho State University tonight and music from Lily Allen, Seu Jorge, and more.

    BONUS MP3-
    Pacha Massive, from All Good Things:
  • "Don't Let Go" (MP3)


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    Tuesday, February 06, 2007

    In House #1801: New Releases From Sondre Lerche, Loney Dear

    Call it the day the northern Europeans took over, as no fewer than three promising releases out today hail from the region also responsible for the greatest socio-political structures human society currently has to offer. Coincidence? Anyway, the strong output over the past few years from places like Oslo and Stockholm is hardly a secret at this point. Artists as diverse as The Cardigans, The Hives, Kings of Convenience, Nicolai Dunger, and St. Thomas have helped to put the region on the musical map in the early part of this century, and an inordinate amount of fine work continues to come forth. Today's releases include the fourth full-length from Norwegian and former wunderkind Sondre Lerche, who releases Phantom Punch as a seasoned 26 year-old. Lerche and his band, The Faces Down, return to the crisply-produced pop-rock stylings of his first couple of releases (albeit with unprecedented blasts of guitar) after issuing the classic jazz-pop album The Duper Sessions last February. Lerche's ability to move between genres continues to impress, and like the vast differences between last year's effort and Phantom Punch, songs like "The Tape," and "Tragic Mirror," strike a huge contrast. Lerche will be touring the U.S. beginning in mid-March, playing several dates including this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

    Also today comes the U.S. and Sub Pop debut of one-man-band Loney, Dear. Swedish multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen is the bedroom pop mastermind behind Loney, Dear, having recorded four previous albums full of songs built with the sonic layers he stacks using a "modest home studio set-up." Loney, Noir is the latest in this string, out today before U.S appearances beginning on March 10th in New York City.

    Finally, the third album from Swedish trio Peter Bjorn & John gets a domestic release on Almost Gold after being out in most of the rest of the world since June. Writer's Block is a '60's-inspired batch of indie pop tunes that has been drawing raves from all over. The generally simple song structures are augmented nicely by small, unorthodox touches like a whistled melody or a bongo solo. The gem here is undoubtedly "Young Folks," which finds the band joined by ex-Concretes frontwoman Victoria Bergsman.

    In House #1801.
    Airdate: 2/6/07
    Focus: New releases from Sondre Lerche, Phantom Punch, Loney Dear, Loney, Noir, and Peter, Bjorn & John, Writers' Block. Plus, new music from Field Music, The Church, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Sondre Lerche, from Phantom Punch:
  • "Say It All" (MP3)

  • Loney, Dear, from Loney, Noir:
  • "Saturday Waits" (MP3)
  • "I Am John" (MP3)

  • BONUS Vid-
    Peter Bjorn & John with Victoria Bergsman performing "Young Folks," recently on Late Night with Conan O'Brien:


    In House PODCAST #252

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    Monday, February 05, 2007

    In House #1800: New Release From Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter

    Tomorrow marks the return of sultry-voiced singer-songwriter Jesse Sykes and her band, The Sweet Hereafter. Like, Love, Lust, & the Open Halls of the Soul is the cinematically-titled third album from the band, out once again amid Barsuk's largely indie-pop-flavored roster. Sykes' smoky vocals, as usual, take first-billing here, as her Grace Slick meets Chan Marshall tones seem tailor-made for the noirish vibe that tends to permeate her releases. Songs like "Spectral Beings," and "Hard Not to Believe," are haunting slow burners, while surprises come in the form of sun-bathed psych-pop number "I Like the Sound," and de facto title track "LLL," the latter of which brings a guitar crunch worthy of some of Crazy Horse's finer moments. A set of unlikely names guest, including producer Tucker Martine, Swedish tunesmith Nicolai Dunger, pianist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter Dave Carter, and violinist Eyvind Kang, among others, helping the band to a more fleshed out, varied sound. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter began a month long tour with Sparklehorse this past weekend in Austin, Texas.

    In House #1800.
    Airdate: 2/05/07
    Focus: New release out tomorrow from Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Like, Love, Lust, & the Open Halls of the Soul, plus new music from Bright Eyes, Willy Mason, Lee Hazlewood, and more.

    BONUS MP3s-
    Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, from Like, Love, Lust...:
  • "LLL" (MP3)

    Bright Eyes, from Four Winds EP (due 3/6):
  • "Tourist Trap" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #251

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    Friday, February 02, 2007

    In House #1799: Boise's Niccole Bayley & Mo Kelley Live

    Acoustic songwriting duo Niccole Bayley & Mo Kelley join us live in the studio today for a performance and interview. Transplants to Boise from opposite coasts, the pair now play regularly together throughout the region-- tonight it's Pocatello's Portneuf Valley Brewing.

    Niccole Bayley

    In House #1799.
    Airdate: 2/02/07

    Focus: Niccole Bayley & Mo Kelley live In House, plus new music from Patty Griffin, Richmond Fontaine, Neko Case, and more.

    BONUS MP3, from today's in-studio-
  • "Missed the Mark" (MP3)


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    Thursday, February 01, 2007

    In House #1798: Julie Doiron's Woke Myself Up; New Alasdair Roberts

    Canadian singer-songwriter Julie Doiron returned recently with her first new effort in over two years with the excellent Woke Myself Up. Doiron's seventh solo album finds a reunion of sorts as she's joined by her former partners in the band Eric's Trip, something that hadn't happened since that band's 1996 swan song. The result is a fuller, more rock-oriented sound in places, particularly on standout cuts like the opening title-track, "No More," and "Don't Wanna Be/ Liked By You," all of which contrast nicely with the more hushed, post-folk tones Doiron has established in the past. Songs like "Dark Horse," and "Yer Kids," show Doiron in stunning form, despite their disparate subjects, out of time folk songs as at home in the past as the present. Woke Myself Up is out recently on Jagjaguwar.

    Julie Doiron

    In House #1798.
    Airdate: 2/01/07
    Focus: New releases from Julie Doiron, Woke Myself Up, and Alasdair Roberts, The Amber Gatherers, plus new music from Marissa Nadler, Bill Callahan, Rosie Thomas, and more.

    BONUS MP3-
    Julie Doiron, from Woke Myself Up:
  • "No More" (MP3)


    In House PODCAST #250

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